The FACS furnishings and interiors program has met all the requirements to continue to serve as a National Kitchen and Bath Association Accredited Program provider.
NKBA accreditation must be re-evaluated every seven years to ensure programs are maintaining NKBA standards and offering consistent, quality education for students who plan to take the NKBA certification examinations following graduation.
The NKBA currently recognizes approximately 50 schools in North America whose kitchen and bath curriculum meet the established educational standards.
“It’s our goal to prepare FI students to work in all aspects of the design industry, and we appreciate the continued support of the NKBA and acknowledge the important role they play in the furnishing and interiors program,” Lyons said.
NKBA accredited programs are evaluated with respect to mission, administration, curriculum, faculty and resources to determine eligibility and the students’ aptitude toward fulfilling the association’s required competencies.
Industry professionals evaluate student work samples as a subjective measure of the program. The association monitors the progress of these schools with the yearly submission of student work samples based on the NKBA Student Design Competition.
In addition to being taught the requirements set forth by the NKBA, FI students also receive a studio-based design education consisting of course that include both hand and technology-driven drafting techniques, such as AutoCAD and Revit, textile science, construction methodology, building systems and codes, design history and sustainability practices, as well as classes in professional development.
“Projects in the past have included Habitat for Humanity homes, Tiny Houses, group residences for senior citizens and Historic Preservation/Adaptive Re-use sites,” Lyons said. “Our capstone project this year is a boutique hotel that includes a spa, restaurant and gift shop, in addition to guest rooms and office spaces.”
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